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Historical Sermon Delivered at the Morning Service of the Two Hundred
and Fortieth Anniversary of the Pittsgrove Baptist Church September 18th,
1921, by the Pastor, Rev. Joshua E. Wills, D. D.
"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." The text beloved,
is recorded in 1st Samuel, Chapter 7, verse 12, It is not
our purpose at this time to give an extended recital or ref-
erence and notice of the Lord's gracious dealings with the
Israelites of old, interesting as the narrative is. Our pur-
pose is to give merely a scriptural setting, with an histori-
cal background, as it were, to the matter we have in mind
today, as we gather this beautiful morning to celebrate
the Two Hundred and Fortieth Anniversary of the Pitts-
The history of the people of God, all along the trail
of the ages, has ever been associated with trials and ex-
periences very similar to our forbears of ancient days.
The story of Israel's perambulations are in a measure but
the often repeated and re-inacted journeyings of the
traveler Zionward. Israel's Prophet could declare, "Hith-
erto the Lord hath helped us;" and so too the Church of
Christ found her strength and solace in the unfailing grace
of the Lord Jesus, amid all the changing relations of life.
First things first, and the way to begin anything is
to begin at the beginning. The first known discoverer
of the American Continent, it is claimed with some war-
rant of acceptance, was John Cabot, an Englishman, ac-
companied by his son Sebastian, who left England in the
late 1500, several years prior to Christopher Columbus
or Americus Vespucius on their voyages of discovery and if
old English documents are creditable, there were aboard
that ship men who joined John Cabot's expedition. Bap-
tists from the Southwest of England and the Welsh prin-
cipalities. Later there was John Patient, a Baptist, who
accompanied the Dutch navigator. Captain Cornelius
Jacobesen Mey in 1614; and there was a Welsh Baptist,
John Morgan, who accompanied the Dutch Commander
De Vries, who commanded the ship "Squirrel", who in-
formed the British of the killing of the crew of the English
shallop and of her burning to the water's edge. De Vries
followed Mey twelve years later, so the Baptists are not
poachers in other's preserves when it comes to early Amer-
ican discoveries. The Baptists were prior to the Episco-
palians, because there were no Protestant Episcopal
Churches until 1531 (see British Parliamentary enactment,
statute 37, chapter 17) ; there were no Presbyterians un-
til 1560, founded at Scotland (see General Assembly).
There was no Methodist Church until 1787, which was
founded at Baltimore. There were no Roman Catholic
Churches allowed in Jersey and in many of the Colonies in
the early formative period, save in Maryland. So Bap-
tists had a field of operation, notwithstanding their later
persecution at the hands of the various Protestant Bodies
of later organization and origin.
Baptists trace their origin, not by the marks of a
World-patterned heredity, but by the distinctive New
Testament, "Primitive Christianity," as freed from all the
man-evolved. World-patterned conception, "after the ru-
diments of men, and not after Christ." Baptists are not
so much concerned about a geneological descent as tliey
are about the reproduction of the Christ life, in the Be-
liever. There aim and object, all down the trail of the
Ages, has ever been to adorn the Doctrine of God our Sa-
viour and give no place to the "enticing words of man's
wisdom" with their accompanying will-worship and eccle-
siastical parade, with its Holy days and ceremonial ob-
servances. To the Baptist, the religion of the Lord Jesus
Christ is a new life, begotten by the Holy Spirit, and "if
a man be in Christ, he is a new Creation," and "if a man
have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of His." It is
Christ in you; the hope of Glory the test of Discipleship.
The Baptists have ever continued in the Faith, once de-
livered to the Saints and believe obedience is better than
sacrifice, and stood loyal to its acceptance of One Lord,
One Faith, One Baptism, One Saviour and Redeemer of
all believers. The Baptists down the trail of the ages,
have obeyed the apostolic injunction, "Keep the ordin-
ances as I delivered them unto you," in their apostolic
purity and agreeable to the practice of the Primitive
Apostolic Church. With this in mind, we now give at-
tention to the 240th anniversary of the Pittsgrove Church.
The History of the Pittsgrove Baptist Church had its
inception in the early days of the "Stuarts," that unique
era of English history so significant and important in the
religious and civic life of Protestantism.
The itinerant preachers from the Continent had
spread the glad tidings of the Gospel among the masses
of the English speaking people and had created a desire
for the Bible to be received as an article of religion in the
established Church of England, much against the express-
ed wishes of the Anglican Clergy (see Bishop Short's His-
tory Church of England). The attempt to suppress the
reading of the Bible by the Anglican Clergy led to much
opposition and unrest. This found expression in various
groups throughout the British Realm and among the little
groups in the forefront were the men of Scrooby, whose
leaders were those heroic men, who have become famous
in the annals of American History and known as the Pil-
grim Fathers. All honor to the Pilgrim Company and
the memory of the Mayflower, but much as we admire and
esteem the Pilgrim Fathers, there were other heroic spirits
in that formative era of our colonial history, who have
passed to their rest and reward all but unnoticed. Among
them was the Pioneer Baptist preacher, Rev. Thomas
Patient who visited the colonies prior to Roger Williams
and preached the Gospel in the Old Colony, and was
driven out to seek home and asylum elsewhere. Patient
in 1629 preached to the Lenape Tribe of Indians and later
wended his way to Virginia, where he received a similar
reception from those Anglican Cavaliers that had been
meted out to him by his Puritan Brethern.
Thos. Patient retraced his steps and sought and found
a hospitable reception at the hands of the Red Indians in
the woods (see Brown's History of the Rise and Progress
of the Baptists in Ireland; or Pittsgrove, page 69; iSFew-
man's Notes, page 23). Prior to Patient, a loyal Gospel
loving Dutchman crossed from Manhattan to the newly
formed settlement at Bergen, where our good Dutch
brother, Routige, in 1614, preached the "Word of Life"
and began a work of promise until he was suddenly called
Thomas Bradford Fordham, of Salt Ash, Devonshire,
England, a Baptist minister, settled in Virginia and began
a labor among the Colonists, but incurred the displeasure
of the Anglican Clergy, who led an infuriated mob to
drive him and his son from their home. Fordham settled
in Virginia in 1636, and took up land later in New Cesarea,
now New Jersey, in 1676, at Oldmans where he and his
son labored in the Gospel, both with the white settlers
and the Indians (see Fordham's deed to William Kelly,
for 13 pounds deed executed by his grandson in 1738),
(Note — The Baptists of Oldmans, in or about 1745, dis-
banded and sought fellowship in the Pittsgrove Baptist
Church — see record of the late Ebenezer Sheppard,
Rev. Thomas Hatcham ministered at the Baptist
Meeting House in 1680; settled in South Jersey in 1678;
sold his farms October 1711 (see record and family his-
In the early formative days of our Colonial history
there were many little groups or companies of Christians
scattered through the Wilderness, whose entire time was
occupied in clearing their lands, and providing for their
wants. There were no Associational gatherings. They
were unaffiliated and independent in that era. Elizabeth-
town was far removed. Travellers endured hardship and
privation. Marriages were expensive, and bonds were re-
quired in proof of ability to support the wife.
One Thomas Killingsworth arrived from England
with his scholastic ability and legal training. A new era
developed. The Baptists of that formative day and sub-
sequent time were and are, much indebted to this wise and
able Christian gentleman, who wrought such a splendid
service for the cause of soul liberty. When Thomas Kil-
lingsworth preached to the Indian Tribe, he was amazed
to find the older Indians had heard about Jesus, through
the Deep Water Jesus Man of Many Moons. This heroic
preacher left his impress on the religious life of his times
more than any other preacher of that notable era. Kil-
lingswor-th extended his itinerary over a wide stretch of
the settlement. He ministered at Middletown in 1688,
and later at Pittsgrove and Cohansey. He formed the
Church at Salem about 1706. A great leader, a fine scho-
lar, an humble minister of the Lord Jesus.
Killingsworth was followed by various ministerial
brethern, among them was Rev. Brooks, from Ireland,
Rev. Kelsey, also from Ireland; Rev. Jenkins, from Wales,
and Rev. Smalley, of the Colony. All labored with much
acceptance, when lo! the lean time came with its dark
cloud that overspread the spiritual horizon. The Pro-
British sentiment was very pronounced in the colony.
The settlers had their trying experience with the Dutch
at Manhattan and the French at New Orleans and the
Ultra Catholic Spaniards, of Florida and the Great South-
west, the wilderness beyond. The settlers were largely
British, not only by birth and citizenship, but because of
the distinctive Protestant characteristics of the British,
contrasted with the other nations who were Catholics with
the exception of the Dutch.
A new and trying spirit appears at this juncture in
the person of John Wills, a preacher of singular ability,
who was born above Burlington, the son of the distinguish-
ed James Wills, of great political fame, and an officer of
our Pre-Revolutionary Government. The Rev. John Wills
was decidedly and very pronounced Pro-British, and went
to England rather than support the patriots who were
now very actively engaged in exciting and spreading Re-
volutionary ideas broadcast, causing the taking a stand,
either for, or against the British King. John Wills ga-
thered a number of dissatisfied and kindred spirits and
went to England where he became a pastor and later serv-
ed a Church at Oakingham, where he also opened a school
for "Young Gentle Folks." (See English minutes for
1787, page 9).
It was during this exciting and trying time the Pitts-
grove Baptist Church suffered great numerical losses, and
about 1759 or 1760 the "Feeble Folks" sought and found
fellowship with the brethern at Cohansey and continued
with the Cohansey Church until 1771, when the changed
conditions in the Colony warranted them in asking for
letters to re-establish themselves as an independent
Church and right here it is worthy of note, to say much
confusion and misunderstanding have taken place, due to
the fact that the prior organization of the Pittsgrove
Baptist Church has been overlooked.
In further corroboration of the prior origin of the
Pittsgrove Church to the year 1771, the Pittsgrove Baptist
Church bought land in 1729, (see deed) ; and also bought
land at Scultown in 1738 (see deed) ; and in 1740 erected
a Meeting House and set apart a brother to work at the
ministry at Scultown. In 1743 the Old Log Meeting
House was removed and the beloved Rev. Robert Kelsey
led in erecting on the same spot, a frame building, well
and securely framed together of good oak hewed timber,
the new building being of considerable dimensions.
Records show that the home of the Rev. Robert Kel-
say was burned down in the winter of 1740, said parson-
age being located above the Pole Tavern Road.
The marble block that is placed in the front of the
Old Brick Church Building refutes the statement that
Pittsgrove Church had its origin in 1771. The inscrip-
tion cut in the block and placed in the building at the erec-
tion reads: "This Baptist Building was founded in 1743
and rebuilt in 1811."
The Indian name of New Jersey was Schequicktrans.
The Dutch called it New Netherlands, while the early
settlers called it New Cesarea, and it became known and
continues to be the renamed State of New Jersey, in honor
of Sir George Carteret, former Governor of the Isle of
Jersey, and one of the original proprietors. The Rev.
John S. Eisenburg began his ministerial labors in 1837 and
during his pastorate he gave much consideration to his-
torical matters and in a communication to Ebenezer Shep-
pard. Church Clerk, dated 1872, wrote of the early found-
ing of the Old Log Meeting House. A reference is also
made to Rev. Thomas Bridge, an English brother who set-
tled in or near Fairfield, which in those days was the
County Seat. He was of prior days to Rev. Joseph Shep-
pard with whom he corresponded. It is claimed with some
show of acceptance and credibility that Bridgeton took
its name from the Rev. Thomas Bridge. A Baptist Meet-
ing House was at Back Neck in the early days of 1692.
Some confusion and misunderstanding have been for
years in the minds of our friends to satisfactorily reconcile
the difficulties that gathered around and about the name
Cohansey. Was it a location, a district in Salem County,
or was it the name in the early days of a family of Indians
of the Lenape Tribe who roamed throughout all the South
and West Jerseys, from Cape May Point to the Upper
Delaware? If we are correctly informed there was no
such locality as Cohansey. Originally it may have been
the name of the Indian Tribe, who gave this name to the
creek or river. There was no Roadstown. It is of sub-
sequent data. There are no records extant, we are in-
formed, that can possibly locate the place of the original
Cohansey Meeting House. Cohansey was a name given, as
we have already said, to a large territory in Southern Jer-
sey and later localized. We are constrained to believe the
Old Log Meeting House, situated on the Kings Highway
was the original Cohansey Place of Worship.
It should be borne in mind that the early groups of
Colonial Baptists were unaffiliated. There were no asso-
ciational connection or organization until a later date.
As late as 1688 there were only thirteen known Baptist
Churches in the colonies. There were unquestionably
many unnumbered and unknown bodies who held forth
the "Lamp of Life in the New World," just as there were
in Germany and other continental European countries,
who came to the forefront when the reformation became
a factor in the religious life of the times.
There were laboring, unknown and unhearalded
men in the Gospel Ministry, who toiled at farming
during the week days and on the Lord's Day preached
the Old Gospel. Some of those noble heroic spirits of
that formative era have come to notice only of compara-
tive recent date.
It may be pardonable for me, a descendent of the
Wills family, who became so prominently connected
and identified with the early history of our State of New
Jersey, if you will look at Aaron Leaming's grants and
concessions of New Jersey for 1664 to 1682, you will
see that the Wills family took no small place in the
public notice of that era. Many of them were among
the first office holders and legislators of the Colony.
Lemuel Wills, a clergyman of the Church of England, was
imprisoned in England in 1644 and his son settled in Jer-
sey and was among the earliest settlers and land owners
of that day. It was the descent of this Wills family, the
Rev. John Wills, though born in Jersey and was Pro-Bri-
tish and gathered about him a company that went to
England, where he, John Wills, became a Bantist Pastor
in England, and later at Oakingham, in Berkshire, and
taught a select school for Gentle Folks that he founded
there. John Wills was one of my progenitors.
It is difficulf to trace Colonial History in our own land,
because of the fragmentary historical documents. Our
settlers and pioneers were devoted to clearing their lands
and following husbandry, and not so much concerned
about public affairs and events. That was reserved for
a later era.
The young swains visited this old Church from all
parts of the countryside (see Pittsgrove, page 83). The
frame building was removed to Yorktown and a sub-
stantial red brick building was erected during the minis-
try of the Rev. Charles Kane, 1843. The large and mo-
dern auditorium was erected during the pastorate of the
Rev. Levanus Myers. There have been in continuous suc-
cession, twenty-six pastors serving the Church since the
re-organization in 1771 and prior to its re-organization
the ministry is of irregular date and extent and in common
with the larger company of Baptist unconcerned. The old
pre-revolutionary Baptist Church Clerks were not given to
writing and keeping their Church records with a view to
informing future posterity, as it was simply a matter for
the convenience of the local Church.
It is claimed, and that with a fair warrant of accep-
tance, that the Baptists are so busy in making history they
have little or no time for repeating it.
The Pittsgrove Church was especially fortunate in
having among their number a man of unusual calibre,
whom they elected Church Clerk. Mr. Ebenezer Shep-
pard, who was a graduate of Brown in 1838, took his de-
gree and entered his profession as a lawyer. Much of
the conveyancing in South Jersey was done by Mr. E.
Sheppard and the records of the Pittsgrove Church is a
monument to his painstaking and scholastic ability. Few
indeed, of our Baptist Churches, have Church records
comparable with the Pittsgrove Baptist Church, and those
records are supplemented by rare old documents and
deeds of the pre-revolutionary era which add a singular
value in their confirmation of the early history of the
Pittsgrove Baptist Church.
It is of especial interest to the student of our early
formative Baptist history to follow the labors of Rev.
Thomas Patient, the remarkable and unique character of
our colonial days.
Rev. Thomas Patient was the son of John Patient,
an English ex-Naval Officer. He was of a good family
connected with the "Quality," born in Devonshire, Eng-
land, and educated at Winchester for the Establishment.
His father, John Patient, who was of pronounced religious
convictions, left England owing to the corrupt lives of the
clergy and sought fellowship with the French Protestants
at Rochell. France, where he tarried for a brief season,
mingling with the French brethern in their endeavors for
the Reformed Religion. John Patient was an Englishman
and found the French ideas decidedly foreign to him. He
returned to England and became associated with the men
of Scrooby, and went over to Holland, where he became
acQuainted with Cornelius Jacobsen Mey. the celebrated
Dutch navigator, who was a pronounced Protestant and a
kindred spirit with John Patient. Sir Walter Raleigh's
reports of the New World's wonders were at that time at-
tracting the attention of the known civilized World, es-
pecially of the British Isles and Holland.
Great enterprises were embarked, among them the
Dutch Indian trade. Holland then carried the "broom
at the masthead of her ships," signifying she swept the
seas and bid defiance to all comers on the ocean waves.
Captain Mey visited the New World and came up the
Delaware in 1614, accompanied by John Patient as his
chief mate. On Captain Mey's return, John Patient ac-
companied him and did much toward influencing the men
of Scrooby, who had settled in Holland, to fix their eyes
toward the land beyond the seas. On John Patient's sec-
ond visit to the New World he became much impressed
and prevailed on his son. Rev. Thos. Patient, who had left
the Episcopal Church because of his accepting the New
Testament teachings on Baptism (see Brown's history of
the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Ireland, and Cath-
cart's Encyclopedia). On Thomas Patient's visit to the
Colonies he met anything but a cordial reception at the
hands of his fellow colonists (see Pittsgrove, page 69).
Thomas Patient returned to England in 1629 or the early
1630 and became identified later with William Kiffin, and
was among the signers of "Bleeding Hearts," and also
took a prominent part in the great religious controversies
then rampant in London especially, and throughout the
British Isles, as well as upon the Continent. In Oliver
Cromwell's time, and of Charles 1st, the round heads
lead in the religious affairs, largely led by the Presbyter-
ians, who took over many of the Parish Churches. The
Baptists also played a very important part and especially
active was Thomas Patient, the co-pastor with William
Kiffin at Devonshire Square Baptist Church, London, Eng-
land. On the Proctor Cromwell's going to Ireland in 1654,
to punish the Irish for the awful massacres of 1644, Patient
accepted the appointment to the Dublin Cathedral at a
salary of £200 per annum, when Cromwell drove out the
Anglican Clergy from their livings in the Establishment.
On Cromwell's return to England, Patient began a very
extensive preaching itinerary thru the South and South-
west of Ireland, especially through the Galty mountain
district, and among the Churches formed and organized
was the Church at Clough, Keating County, Tipperary.
The Irish Nobleman, Sir Robert Carr, gathered a company
of Protestant Irish and formed what is known as Carr's
expedition, in 1664, and among the company were some
Irish Baptists from Clough Keating Church, who came and
settled in South Jersey and formed the nucleus around
which gathered the Baptists that finally developed into
the Pittsgrove Baptist Church.
A Log Meeting House was erected on the King's
Highway in 1681, and was later demolished after years
of blessed usefulness. The Pittsgrove history is inter-
woven with the pre-colonial era and the Revolutionary
days. The old cemetery contains the graves of many of
the Patriots of 1776 and of prior times.
The history of the Pittsgrove Church is worthy of
mention in the annals of our American Church life. Few
indeed, of our Baptist Churches enjoy a record compar-
able with the early days of this Christian company that
gathered to worship the Lord in the formative era of our
colonial history, and few indeed, have enjoyed the ser-
vices and fellowship of a more self-sacrificing, loyal, de-
voted ministry, who through winter storm or summer sun-
shine, preached the "Word of Life."
The old Church has put on new vigor and is in line
for greater things for the Lord Jesus, and the making
known the purpose of His grace, to the uttermost bounds
of the Earth, through the missionary enterprises of the
Baptist fraternity, and the loyalty of its membership to
the community where it has held forth the lamp of life
for 240 years of loyal ministry to the truth as it is in Jesus.
The Hymn, especially composed by the Rev. Thom.as
Broxhome, of New York State, was sung at the services.
"Our Old Church Home"
(By Rev. Thomas Broxhome. Air: "Home, Sweet Home")
Mid chapels and churches, where'er we may roam,
There never is a place like our old Church home,
A sweetness in worship we seem to find there.
Which, seek where we may, is ne'er met with elsewhere.
Home, home, old Church home,
There never is a place
Like our old Church home.
A sight of its humble form does our hearts good ;
The sound of its bell cheers as nothing else could.
Without and within there's a charm to the place,
Which, roam where we may, time can never efface.
A homeness prevails when we worship God there!
Oh, how well we know it — it's felt in the prayer,
The Scriptures that's read, and the sermon preached then.
It's heard in the hymns and the final Amen!
This appropriate selection was eff'ectively and beauti-
fully rended by the augumented choir, with instrumental
accompaniment, to the great delight of the large congre-
The Hymns, "O, God, our help in ages past, our hope
for years to come;" "How firm a foundation, ye saints of
the Lord," and "My Country Tis of Thee," were rendered
by the congregation, the choir assisting.
The Bible used on this occasion was the Breeches
Bible of 1610, used by the sainted John Robinson August
15th, 1620, on the Pilgrim Fathers boarding the May-
flower then riding at the quay, from the "East Gate,"
Southampton, England. The Scripture read by John Rob-
inson was the 90th Psalm, and the same Psalm was read
at our Two Hundred and Fortieth Anniversary — "Thou
hast been our dwelling place in all generations;" so ap-
propriate for this occasion. We rejoice today and cry,
"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."
The historic Documents in the possession of persons,
residents of Pittsgrove and vicinity, are of great value as
being corroborative of the early history of Pittsgrove Bap-
tist Church, whose beginnings were so closely associated
with that formative era of our Colonial life. Those docu-
ments present an irrefutable proof of the credibility of the
early organization and association of Ye Baptist forebears
with those prior-Revolutionary days.
Records show that Pittsgrove joined hands with their
Irish brethren at Clough Keating's Baptist Church as late
as 1854 and correspondence had been enjoyed with the
brethren of the Emerald Isle for many years; indeed until
the Clough Keating Church disbanded. An incident of
more than passing interest took place at our 238th anni-
versary when the venerable deacon, Joseph Morgan, re-
lated his experience of 84 years ago and told of his grand-
father speaking of the old log meetinghouse and the log
school buildings that he attended with Isaac Sickler and
Mary Harris; all of the aforesaid were over 80 years of
age. Governor Runyon, who delivered the oration on
that occasion, commented on the venerable trio testimon-
ies as being "unimpeachable."
There is no record at Salem of a log schoolhouse be-
ing there, yet here is the testimony of three living wit-
nesses who attended the log schoolhouse eighty-four years
ago and further explained where the "King's Highway"
was located and how they were familiar with the locality.
Deacon Harry P. Gray said that a relative of his, an
old lady, stated that she in her youth remembered seeing
General George Washington on the Nelson Farm with
other officers. The Pole is an historic center, unique in
American history. Here the first military organization
was organized and the first liberty pole erected. Surely
with such a glorious, historic heritage, we can rejoice to-
day and declare with God's ministers of old, "Hitherto the
Lord hath helped us all along the trail of our unique and
remarkable history of 240 years."
At the afternoon rally services, choice selections of
instrumental and vocal music were rendered and the aug-
mented choir added to the service of song, to the delight
of the congregation assembled. The Rev. Thomas P.
Holloway delivered an eloquent sermon appropriate to
the celebration, in which he complimented both pastor
and people for the wonderful continuance of the interest
in the old Church, whose later days were among the
brightest of its history, unique and glorious in its record
of the days of yore.
Addresses were delivered, expressive of the good and
great things accomplished by the worthies whose names
are fondly cherished by the Baptist fraternity and neigh-
boring communities. The Rev. George M. Owen, of Co-
hansey, brought greetings. The Rev. C. Harold Thomp-
son, of Woodstown, paid a fine tribute to the history
of the Church. Rev. Frank Stanton, of Salem, gave
a stirring address on the value of loyalty to the Truth,
Mr. Minch, of Bridgeton, extended congratulations. The
rally exercises closed with the pastor giving the prayer
Congratulatory letters were received and read by the
Church Clerk, Warren Shafer, Esq., at the afternoon rally
session from the following: Hon. John Wanamaker,
Hon. Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State ; Woodrow
Wilson, President Harding, Hon. John Warren Davis,
Judge of U. S. Court of Appeals; the Philadelphia Baptist
Members Conference, et. al.
NOTE: The publication of this Historic Sormon and Rally Day exer-
cises of our Two Hundred and Fortieth Anniversary is made possible
through the generosity of a dear friend, whose friendship and acquaintance
I have enjoyed for many years — Mr. Chas. L. Kuen, of Melrose Park, Pa.,
whose sainted grandparents are resting in the old Cemetery awaiting the
Blessed and Glorious summons to come up Higher.
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PASTOR AND OFFICERS OF THE
PITTSGROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Rev. Joshua Wills, D.D.
Harry P. Gray, Benjamin Bassett, Cerio Miller,
Harry K. Watson, Warren Shafer
• CHURCH CLERK
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Samuel Denelsbeck, Claude Remster, Harry K. Watson, Cerio Miller,
Benjamin Bassett, Wm. C. Hawn, Jeremiah Foster
SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
PRESIDENT YOUNG PEOPLES' ASS'N
PRESIDENT PERSEVERANCE BAND
William C. Hawn
PRESIDENT EXCELSIOR BAND
Miss Gertrude Bassett
ELMER TIMES PRINT SHOP. ELMER, N. J.